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Crime Trackers: Detectives continue to search for Maribel Gonzales' killer

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Detectives continue to search for 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales' killer Detectives continue to search for 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales' killer

TUCSON- It's been almost a year since the body of 13-year-old Maribel Gonzales was found in Avra Valley.  

An autopsy showed she was murdered.  Now, new information has Pima County Sheriff's homicide detectives asking for your help to solve the case.

News 4 Tucson uncovered new investigation details that have never been reported.

Maribel Gonzales had a lot of Facebook friends, including one of them who told detectives that he met her at 29th and Columbus right around the time she disappeared last June.

“This friend met with Maribel here at the parking lot of the 7/11," said Detective Ryan O'connor.  "From here they walked across the street to the pedestrian bridge and that was the last place he ever saw her.”

Det. O'connor added the Facebook friend also told them, “Maribel told him she was going to go to a party.”

This is new information Det. O'connor is working on and wants anyone who might have been at that party to contact authorities.

Fighting back tears, Maribel's mother, Valerie Calonge, told News 4 Tucson, “I don't care if it's big or small, somebody knows something, please come forward.”

Calonge is struggling physically and emotionally over her daughter's death wiping tears from her face. 

“If I would've know this would happen, I would've wanted to die so she could live,” she said.

On June 6, 2014, Pima County Sheriff's deputies responded to a suspicious call at Trico and Avra Valley Rd. That's where they found the 13-year-old's body in a state of early decomposition.  On her a necklace investigators said, “we're especially interested in this piece of jewelry, because her friends and family didn't recognize it and we believe whoever Maribel was with around the time she died may have given it to her.”

Det. O'connor said Maribel was a fun loving outgoing girl who had a lot of friends and was very trusting.

“She didn't deserve to die the way she did," said Det. O'connor.  "We want to make sure that whatever happened it doesn't happen again and that her family can have some closure.”

“I just miss her and I hope that somebody that knows something can help me put her to rest in peace,” Calonge added.

If you have information about Maribel's whereabouts, you are urged to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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